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The National Broadband Research Agenda: Key Priorities for Broadband Research and Data

January 19, 2017

One of the four overarching recommendations in the Broadband Opportunity Council’s 2015 report was to improve data collection, analysis, and research on broadband. Included in the report was a commitment by NTIA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead the development of a National Broadband Research Agenda to address these topics comprehensively.

This Agenda is a synthesis of broad input from academia, the public, and Federal staff, and provides a conceptual framework for potential research proposals and data requirements in four key areas related to U.S. R&D in broadband: technology, deployment, adoption, and socioeconomic impacts. Findings from these proposed research topics will support the continued dynamic growth of the Information and Communications Technology sector and identify effective strategies to address remaining disparities in broadband access, adoption, and choice in the United States.